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Trip to China Extends EERC Reach

EERC Senior Research Manager Charlie Gorecki and Research Manager Gavin Liu attended the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Beijing, China, in March 2013 to present an e-poster on “The Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership: CO2 Sequestration Demonstration Projects Adding Value to the Oil and Gas Industry.” IPTC is organized through the collaboration of four of the leading professional societies in the oil and gas industry: the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. IPTC, which rotates between the Middle East and Asia, drew over 5000 participants from around the globe, with some 600 presentations from over 64 countries.

“We were able to make some good connections with people not just from China but from Thailand, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States at the conference,” said Gorecki. “IPTC is one of the most influential technical oil and gas conferences in the world, so interactions with people  there often lead to mutually beneficial collaborations down the road.”

Gorecki and Liu also delivered formal presentations to the Chinese Academy of Science while in Beijing. Gorecki presented “Overview of the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership and CO2 Storage Research Projects.” Liu, a native of the People’s Republic of China who earned his Ph.D. and one of his master’s degrees in the United States, delivered his presentation in Chinese: “IEAGHG Investigation of Water Extraction from CO2 Storage,” based on the 2011 project funded by the International Energy Agency (IEA) GHG Programme and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The two also had less formal meetings at two other prominent universities in China while there.